I’m taking some time-out. Sometimes we have to do this. Rarely do we do it. I am.
Yesterday the power supplier of my apartment had to shut down the power for 30 minutes. I work from home so during this time I couldn’t do any of my work online, I couldn’t use the microwave to heat up my lunch, I couldn’t play my stereo or use the kettle to make a cup of tea. Whilst I did have my very clever smart phone, I decided that this was a great time to experiment with life before such easy access to technology and try a time-out without stimulation from technology.
What is it about us that makes us want to always have some sort of stimulation. What are we afraid of with sitting in silence?
I made my decision. I would sit in silence and just eat.
I created a delicious salad of fresh vegetables, lemon juice and tuna. I sat in my lounge room and looked out over my balcony and the city beyond. Every mouthful of food was tasted and savoured. I didn’t think about anything in particular. I could hear sounds from the world outside – trucks pressing their heavy breaks, cars and their horns honking, helicopters flying over downtown, builders banging their hammers and the distant chatter of people going about their day. I looked at the world in my silence for 30 minutes and felt…relaxed. Peaceful. I felt more relaxed than I have all week even including during my daily workouts. I realised that this is as close to meditation as I get these days in my busy life.
We are so switched-on ALL THE TIME. Rarely do we use of the OFF button until possibly when we fall to sleep – and for most of us, that’s just as busy as the rest of our lives. This is something to think about in our modern world.
Time out is a simple as switching off the phone, turning off the computer, and sit, be still and give yourself a re-boot. Re-connect with the world we live in. Re-connect with ourselves. Have some peace.
So I’ve decided to also take some time-out from Miss Meaningful. I’m going to give myself a mini-break and allow the creative juices to flow. I’ll be back before you know it!
Until next time. Why not give yourself a little time-out and see how you feel. 🙂